Monday, October 26, 2009

The San Antonio Public Library wants your opinion!

The Library is conducting a Community Needs Assessment to help us determine the course we should take for the next several years – what services we should offer, where new libraries are needed, how we can improve our services – anything and everything about the Library is under discussion.

Whether you use the Library a lot, a little, or not at all, we would like to hear from you. If you use the Library a lot, what can we do to make your Library experience even better? If you use the Library a little, what would help you to take advantage of more of our resources and services more often? And if you don’t use the Library at all, we would appreciate it if you would take some time to tell us why not.

We'd like to invite you to participate in a focus group to share your opinions about the Library. Focus groups will be held at the branch libraries listed below. Please join us to let us hear your thoughts. Refreshments will be provided.

For more information, please call Beth Graham at 207-2638, Roberta Sparks at 207-2635, or Jessica Ramos at 207-2632.

Don’t forget – your input is essential in helping us develop the San Antonio Public Library’s plan for the future! Thank you!

The Library Community Needs Assessment is funded by a donation from the San Antonio Public Library Foundation.

PLEASE NOTE CORRECTED Focus group times and locations

Monday, November 2 • 6:00 p.m.-7:15 p.m.
Great Northwest Branch Library, 9050 Wellwood or
Igo Branch Library, 13330 Kyle Seale Parkway

Tuesday, November 3 • 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
Brook Hollow Branch Library, 530 Heimer Road or
Pan American Branch Library, 1122 Pyron Avenue

Tuesday, November 3 • 6:00 p.m.-7:15 p.m.
Carver Branch Library, 3350 El. Commerce or
Forest Hills Branch Library, 5245 Ingram Road

Wednesday, November 4 • 12:00 noon-1:15 p.m.
McCreless Branch Library, 1023 Ada Street or
Westfall Branch Library, 6111 Rosedale Court

Wednesday, November 4 • 6:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.
Las Palmas Branch Library, 515 Castroville Road or
The Tobin Library at Oakwell, 4134 Harry Wurzbach Road

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Friends of the San Antonio Public Library present Arts & Letters Award

What do T.R. Fehrenbach, Henry Cisneros, Max Lucado, Sandra Cisneros, Rosita Fernandez, Sterling Houston, Tommy Lee Jones, O'Neil Ford, Cary Clack, and Brother Cletus have in common? Oh, yes, and don't forget Janette Sebring Lowrey, author of The Poky Little Puppy.

Answer: they were all recipients of the Arts & Letters Award, presented annually by the Friends of the San Antonio Public Library to recognize and celebrate achievements by individuals who have demonstrated notably outstanding accomplishments in the arts and letters.

You're invited to join the Friends of the Library at the Central Library at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 25, as they honor the 2009 Arts & Letters Award recipients, musician Tom Masinter and historian/author/lecturer Felix D. Almaraz, Ph. D.

First presented in 1972, the award has been given to writers, artists, musicians, educators and entertainers whose dedication to their chosen field has served to enrich the literary, artistic and cultural life of San Antonio.

Don't miss the 2009 award ceremony on Sunday, October 25!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Got homework? We've got help!

So school is back in session - and you've got homework. The San Antonio Public Library's got you covered!

With your San Antonio Public Library card, you have free access to online tutoring in real time. Just visit our webpage, http://www.mysapl.org/, click on "Databases," then on "Live Homework Help." You'll be connected to a qualified tutor who will work with you to resolve your homework issues. Help is available in subjects from algebra to zoology, in English Monday through Sunday, 3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., and in Spanish Sunday through Thursday, 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

The Library has lots of ways to help with homework. For more infomation, call us at 207-2500.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

They're 15! Great Northwest Branch Library has a quinceañera!

The Great Northwest Branch Library is 15 years old in 2009 and you're invited to help us celebrate! Come by the branch at 9050 Wellwood between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 17, to enjoy activities and fun for all ages. There will be dance performances, clowns, and visits from special guests Libro the Library Lion, firefighters from Fire Station 41, and Sparky the Fire Dog.

Take this opportunity to get your library card, join the Friends of the Library, or just find out more about all the great resources and services the Library offers.

Remember: Saturday, October 17 - the fun kicks off at 10:00 a.m. Be there or be square!

Meet the Author! Naomi Shihab Nye

October's Children's Electronic Bookshelf features the books of acclaimed poet and anthologist Naomi Shihab Nye.

On Thursday, October 15, Ms. Nye will present a poetry reading and discussion at San Antonio's Central Library. The session begins at 7:00 pm in the library auditorium. Poetry lovers of all ages -- particularly Young Pegasus poets past, present and future -- are invited to attend. Several of Ms. Nye's books will be available for purchase and autographing after the program with proceeds benefiting SAPL's Young Pegasus Poetry project.

Ms. Nye is a resident of San Antonio although her roots are in Palestine and the Middle East. She was born in St. Louis, Missouri but has called both Jerusalem and Ramallah home. She continues to travel widely bringing poems and inspiration to young writers around the globe. Her appearance is made possible through the Wm. Morris Endowment.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Libraries will be closed on October 12

All San Antonio Public Library locations will be closed Monday, October 12, for staff development and training. Books and other library materials may be returned to the book drop at any location.

Libraries will resume their regular operating schedules on Tuesday, October 13. For a complete list of Library locations and service hours, please go to the San Antonio Public Library web page.

The Friends of the Library Book Cellar used book store in the Central Library basement will also be closed October 12, but reopen Tuesday, October 13.

The Central Library parking garage will operate as usual on October 12.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Grand Opening of Molly Pruitt Public Library @ Roosevelt High School!

You're invited to help us celebrate the grand opening of the brand-new Molly Pruitt Public Library at Roosevelt High School, a partnership between the North East Independent School District and the San Antonio Public Library, on Saturday, October 10, 2009.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony will kick off at 9:30 a.m. and will be followed by a day of activities, programs, and fun for the entire family!

Come by the Pruitt Library at Roosevelt High School, 5110 Walzem Road, and see the city's newest library!